Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group told Deadline on Monday, “As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book…We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
The Hunger Games trilogy is set in the dystopian future of Panem, a collective of twelve districts and the Capitol. Each year one boy and one girl from each district participate in the “Hunger Games”. The games are a battle royale type of death match televised for all of Panem to see. Katniss Everdeen is the heroine of the story. She volunteers for the games then breaks the wheel of society.
The prequel will be set 64 years before the events of the first book. Collins says, “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. The reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days—as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet—provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
Well this is interesting. I’ve always wondered how and why the games started. And how and why society allowed them to go on so long. It will be an interesting read, that’s for sure.
The Hunger Games prequel novel will debut on May 19, 2020.